Sierra Vista Herald Endorses Martha McSally

SIERRA VISTA HERALD EDITORIAL BOARD – Never missing a vote; saving the A-10 from extinction; earning key committee appointments; and standing up for all women, but female veterans in particular.

Not bad for a first-term member of Congress.

Martha McSally has earned our endorsement for re-election to represent Arizona District 2 in the United States Congress as a member of the House of Representatives.She has truly dedicated her best efforts to serving this district since succeeding the popular and effective Ron Barber by the narrowest of margins in the 2014 election.

She has truly dedicated her best efforts to serving this district since succeeding the popular and effective Ron Barber by the narrowest of margins in the 2014 election.

That seems so long ago. Highlights during her two years in Congress have included stopping the Air Force effort to replace the Tucson-based A-10 with the still unfinished F-35.

She has parlayed her military background and political expertise to earn the attention of fellow members of Congress and merit appointments to several key committees affecting policy issues in southeast Arizona. That list includes the Homeland Security Committee, overseeing the operations of the Border Patrol and Customs; and the House Armed Services Committee, which oversees the Department of Defense and thereby Fort Huachuca and Davis-Monthan AFB.

Earlier this year her sponsorship of the Women Airforce Service Pilots Arlington Inurnment Restoration Act, signed into law by President Obama, demonstrated her mastery of the legislative process and her commitment to do what’s right for all women, especially those in uniform. The measure restores the eligibility of female World War II pilots at Arlington National Cemetery and represents her second bill signed into law.Finally, her record of perfect attendance in Congress is a clear demonstration of her commitment to serve the district.

Finally, her record of perfect attendance in Congress is a clear demonstration of her commitment to serve the district.

She has plenty left to do in her second term and constituent expectations will continue to be high. Cochise County is in desperate need of economic development, which might be spurred by progress on a new Port of Entry in Douglas. We agree with her assessment that the readiness of the U.S. military is poor and endorse her efforts to promote installations in southeast Arizona as part of a solution to that problem. Her nuanced awareness of the need for better security in rural Cochise County and her recent prodding of the Border Patrol on its strategy to stop smuggling in the region are key issues for her next term.

Martha McSally represents the best characteristics of the Republican Party and has earned your vote on Nov. 8.

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McSally Campaign Releases New Poll Showing 19-point Lead

TUCSON – The McSally for Congress Campaign today released a new poll showing Congresswoman Martha McSally with a 19-point lead over her challenger. The poll was conducted by WPA Research.

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Colonel Martha McSally (ret.) is an independent voice who is committed to fighting for equal treatment of women and more opportunity for the middle class. She has been active in defending Southern Arizona’s critical job-creators like Davis-Monthan Air Force Base and Fort Huachuca. A 26-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force, McSally was the first woman to fly in combat and command a fighter squadron in U.S. 
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McSally Campaign Releases New A-10 ad, “Saved”

TUCSON – The McSally for Congress Campaign today released a new ad highlighting Congresswoman Martha McSally’s successful fight to save the A-10 and the countless Southern Arizona jobs it supports. The ad features retired Air Force Colonel Michael Millen, himself a former A-10 pilot with 800 combat flight hours, describing why he supports Martha McSally.

“What a difference two years make. When Martha took office, the Air Force was determined to mothball our entire A-10 fleet. Martha stopped that plan it its tracks,” said McSally Campaign Manager Weston McKee. “At every opportunity, she’s exposed the Administration’s flawed arguments and won key victories to keep the A-10 funded. With an issue that’s so important to Southern Arizona and its families, we need someone with the experience, expertise, and record of results Martha brings to continue fighting for the A-10 and the future of our base.”

In February 2014, the Administration announced its plans to retire our entire A-10 fleet and 7 EC-130H aircraft, potentially crippling Davis-Monthan Air Force Base (DM), which contributes $1.5 billion to the local economy. After less than two years in office fighting for the A-10 and DM, Rep. McSally has won full funding to keep the A-10 flying as well as new funding for A-10 wing upgrades. She has passed amendments into law preventing the “back-door” retirement of any A-10 aircraft. She has advanced provisions requiring an A-10/F-35 fly-off, protecting the A-10 into the future. And, earlier this year, the Administration backed off its plans to mothball our A-10 fleet, a departure of its policy of the last two years.

Transcript

(Michael D. Millen, Col., U.S. Air Force, retired)
I flew the A-10 in three different conflicts and have 800 hours of combat flight time.

I know what it takes to defend our nation.

That’s why I’m supporting Martha McSally.

I’ve known Martha for over 30 years.

I watched her become the first woman to fly in combat, the first woman to command a combat squadron.

And because of her, the A-10 was saved, along with countless Southern Arizona jobs.

We’re fortunate to have Martha McSally fighting for us.

(Martha McSally)
I’m Martha McSally and I approve this message.


McSally Campaign Releases New Ads on National Security, Equal Opportunity

TUCSON – Few lawmakers, let alone freshmen, have led on issues as diverse as national security and women’s equality. Congresswoman Martha McSally has gotten bills signed into law on each, and her accomplishments don’t stop there. Today, her campaign released two ads highlighting her significant victories on a broad set of issues.

“There’s no better fit to represent this unique district than Martha McSally,” said McSally Campaign Manager Weston McKee. “She is a credible leader on so many of the issues important to Southern Arizonans, like defending the A-10, taking down ISIS, or ensuring women have every opportunity that men do. She’s shown that she can not only capably represent this district’s diverse viewpoints and priorities, but she can get results on them too.”

Watch “Threat” below

Watch “Equal Opportunity” below

“Threat” transcript
(MARTHA McSALLY) After 9/11, I helped plan the air war against the Taliban and I deployed to the Middle East and Afghanistan six times.

I’ve seen the threat posed by terrorists first-hand.

Now I’m fighting in Congress to protect our homeland and give the troops what they need to destroy ISIS.

Saving the A-10. Securing the border. Passing seven bills to strengthen national security.

I’m Martha McSally and I approve this message because now I’m deployed to D.C. to keep our country safe.

“Equal Opportunity” transcript
(MARTHA McSALLY) As the first woman to fly a fighter plane in combat and command a fighter squadron, I’m passionate about equal opportunity and fairness for women.

It’s why I fought to end a discriminatory policy that required America’s servicewomen to wear Muslim garb. And I won.

And it’s why I’m taking on my own party to fight for equal pay for women.

You can trust me to always stand up for what’s right.

I’m Martha McSally and I approve this message.

Colonel Martha McSally (ret.) is an independent voice who is committed to fighting for equal treatment of women and more opportunity for the middle class. She has been active in defending Southern Arizona’s critical job-creators like Davis-Monthan Air Force Base and Fort Huachuca. A 26-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force, McSally was the first woman to fly in combat and command a fighter squadron in U.S. history.


Yes, the Tattoo’s Real

TUCSON – Since the McSally for Congress Campaign released its ad highlighting Congresswoman Martha McSally’s successful fight for the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs), many people have asked, “is the tattoo real?” The ad features Erin Miller, granddaughter of WASP Elaine Harmon, with “H.R. 4336,” the house resolution number of Rep. McSally’s WASP bill, inked on her arm.

The McSally Campaign can confirm that the tattoo is very real.

“The tattoo commemorates getting this legislation passed and all that went into it,” said Erin Miller. “Like a lot people, I doubted whether the system could still function to help us, but then Rep. McSally took up our issue. She brought a passion and enthusiasm for helping us that I’ve never seen out of a politician, and no matter how many obstacles we faced, nothing deterred her from getting this done. Today, my grandmother and all the WASPs have the recognition and honor they deserve, and it’s thanks to Martha. She really is setting the standard for how to make a difference in Washington.”

Watch the ad below:

Yesterday, the ashes of Elaine Harmon were laid to rest at a funeral service at Arlington National Cemetery, the first such military service since the Army quietly banned the WASPs from Arlington in March 2015. After hearing about the ban, Rep. McSally introduced legislation on January 6 to reverse the decision. In less than five months, she passed her bill through both chambers of Congress and had it signed into law, restoring the WASPs at Arlington.


“We’re Going to Fix This” – McSally Campaign Releases Ad Detailing Successful Fight for WASPs

TUCSON – The McSally for Congress Campaign today released a new ad detailing Rep. McSally’s successful fight for the Women Airforce Service Pilots, known as the WASPs. In 2015, the Army quietly revoked eligibility for the WASPs, who were the first women to fly planes for the military, to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery. After hearing about the policy decision, Rep. McSally led a 20-week fight that resulted in the WASPs’ successful reinstatement in Arlington with the signing of her bill, H.R. 4336, her second bill to become law.

“Martha’s successful fight for the WASPs shows exactly why we need her in Congress. She saw a problem, sprang into action, and worked and worked and worked until it was fixed,” said McSally Campaign Manager Weston McKee. “Every day, she brings that same energy and drive into representing the needs of Southern Arizonans, whether that’s fighting for women’s equality, greater economic opportunity, or a stronger national security. No one works harder to make a difference than her. You can see this in how effective she’s been in Congress in just a short time, and it’s why voters overwhelmingly approve of the job she’s doing.”

Knowledge of the Pentagon’s ban on the WASPs surfaced after the family of WASP Elaine Harmon was rejected from having her ashes laid to rest in Arlington. Elaine Harmon’s granddaughter, Erin Miller, is featured in the ad talking about Rep. McSally’s successful fight and legislation, the bill number of which, H.R. 4336, Miller had tattooed on her arm.

Out of 61 current freshmen members of the House, Rep. McSally is one of only three to have two or more bills signed into law. She is part of only 6% of all House lawmakers this Congress to have two or more bills become law. She also is the only member of the Arizona House delegation this Congress to have two bills signed into law and, when excluding legislation to rename a federal building, the only Arizona member to have at least one bill signed into law.

Transcript
(ERIN MILLER): My grandmother served in World War II in the Women Airforce Service Pilots.

They were just very proud to be able to serve their country.

She passed away last year. She wanted to have her ashes placed at Arlington National Cemetery. We were denied.

My grandmother’s service was not recognized because they were women.

I wanted to make sure that her last wishes were granted.

Martha McSally stepped forward to help us.

Being in the military and flying airplanes, she was so passionate about our issue.

She said this position the Army has taken is ridiculous and we’re going to fix it.

House resolution 4336 is the bill that Martha McSally introduced so that my grandmother and the other women of the WASP would be eligible for Arlington National Cemetery.

My grandmother’s going to get what she deserves.

Martha McSally took this issue on as if she was fighting for her own grandmother.

She is setting a standard for how all Congress people should be measured.

(MARTHA McSALLY): I’m Martha McSally and I approve this message.


McSally For Congress Announces Debate Schedule

TUCSON – The McSally for Congress Campaign today announced the CD-2 general election debate schedule. The schedule includes debates to be held in Pima and Cochise Counties.

Date: October 5, 2016
Time: Doors open 6:30 PM – debate starts 7:00 PM
Location: Vail Theater of the Arts, 10701 E. Mary Ann Cleveland Way, Tucson AZ 85747
Hosts: Vail Academy and High School & Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Date: October 12, 2016
Time: 5:30 PM
Location: Buena High School, 5225 Buena School Blvd., Sierra Vista, AZ 85635
Host: Sierra Vista Area Chamber of Commerce


McSally Releases First 2016 Ad, “Dad”

TUCSON – Congresswoman Martha McSally today released her first ad of the 2016 cycle, “Dad.” The ad takes a personal look at Rep. McSally’s early life and how the sudden loss of her father has influenced her mindset to give back and make a difference.

“This ad really gets to the heart of what drives Martha,” said McSally Campaign Manager Weston McKee. “The tragic experience of losing her dad at a young age played such an important role in motivating her to serve in uniform, take on the Pentagon and stand up for female servicemembers, and, now, fight for Southern Arizonans in Congress. It’s a personal yet powerful message about who she is.”

The McSally for Congress Campaign announced last week it was reserving over $350,000 in paid advertising in August. The six-figure buy will have broad reach on both broadcast and cable TV, with an emphasis on highly-rated Olympic programming. The buy also includes cable programming beyond just news as well as Pima and Cochise County radio, reaching diverse audiences across multiple networks and formats.

Transcript
I was the youngest of five kids. My dad was first generation to go to college.

He was committed and driven to make a better life for his kids. At the age of 49, he very suddenly passed away.

When I was 12 years old, my life was really turned upside down very suddenly.

I learned that every single day is a gift. We don’t know of whether it’s going to be our last, and I’ve lived my life that way really since then.

And I still every day want to be a good steward of the time and opportunities I’ve been given.

We need more people that have this mindset of, “let’s get something done. Let’s fix things. Let’s not just accept things as they are. Let’s change them. And that has been my mindset since I’ve been in Washington, D.C.

And I consider it an incredible honor to have this opportunity to represent Southern Arizona. And I hope they’ll give me the privilege and honor to continue to do that again.

I’m Martha McSally and I approve this message.


McSally in the Olympics

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TUCSON – The McSally for Congress Campaign today announced reserving over $350,000 in paid advertising in August. The six-figure buy will have broad reach on both broadcast and cable TV, with an emphasis on highly-rated Olympic programming. The buy also includes cable programming beyond just news as well as Pima and Cochise County radio, reaching diverse audiences across multiple networks and formats.

“Since taking office, Martha McSally has worked tremendously hard on behalf of the people of Southern Arizona, and she’s already gotten an incredible amount done,” said McSally Campaign Manager Weston McKee. “She successfully fought to save the A-10, worked to advance transportation infrastructure projects locally, and got a bill signed into law to ensure female WWII pilots receive the burial rights they earned – and those are just some of her accomplishments. This advertising effort will highlight Martha’s calling to serve as well as her incredible record of getting results for her constituents, and we look forward to taking this positive message to voters.”

The multi-platform advertising buy is the McSally for Congress Campaign’s first media buy of the 2016 cycle.

Colonel Martha McSally (ret.) is an independent voice who is committed to fighting for equal treatment of women and more opportunity for the middle class. She has been active in defending Southern Arizona’s critical job-creators like Davis-Monthan Air Force Base and Fort Huachuca. A 26-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force, McSally was the first woman to fly in combat and command a fighter squadron in U.S. history.


McSally Raises Nearly $1 Million in Q2

TUCSON – Congresswoman Martha McSally today announced raising nearly $1 million in the second quarter of 2016, bringing her cash on hand to just under $2.6 million. Since taking office, McSally has seen consistently remarkable support for her record of getting things done while leading on the critical issues important to Southern Arizonans.

“Martha McSally ran to bring effective, independent leadership to Southern Arizona, and that’s exactly what she’s done,” said McSally Campaign Manager Weston McKee. “She kept the A-10 flying, successfully fought for equal opportunity for female veterans and servicemembers, and secured funding for long-term transportation infrastructure projects. She’s shown there’s no one who will work harder to represent this district and the needs of Southern Arizonans, and that’s why she continues to see overwhelming support.”

Colonel Martha McSally (ret.) is an independent voice who is committed to fighting for equal treatment of women and more opportunity for the middle class. She has been active in defending Southern Arizona’s critical job-creators like Davis-Monthan Air Force Base and Fort Huachuca. A 26-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force, McSally was the first woman to fly in combat and command a fighter squadron in U.S. history.

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